Mikel Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash and provides Arsenal fitness update

first_img Comment “You better be right playing away is an advantage!” 😂Mikel Arteta hopes @laura_woodsy is right as #AFC face four away games on the bounce when the Premier League restarts. #SkyFootballShow pic.twitter.com/0gg49uUEC7— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 11, 2020 Mikel Arteta looks ahead to Manchester City clash and provides Arsenal fitness update Advertisement Arsenal lost to Championship side Brentford a week out from visiting Man City (Picture: Getty)Asked if one positive of the hiatus has been getting players back fit again, Arteta told The Football Show: ‘Yeah, absolutely. And they’ve been looking after themselves really well during that period.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Obviously some live in apartments, some live in big houses, and we just tried to fulfil those limitations. But overall it’s been a very good experience to get to know each other much better.’On the squad’s fitness, he continued: ‘I think that’s a big question mark. That’s the biggest question mark because we’ve been training in big groups just for 10 days I think and competition, you can play a friendly game, you can play 45 minutes, but it’s not near the Premier League rhythm at all.‘And I will have to see that, I think it will be very difficult to sustain big rhythm for 90 minutes for the first few games at least. So let’s try to play that as well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn facing City next Wednesday, as well as Arsenal’s aim’s for the rest of the season, Arteta continued: ‘It’s going to be strange, I can’t deny that. Obviously I know everybody there, I spent four magnificent years with those players, those staff and the club.‘But I’m really excited as well. I can’t wait to start competing, playing again, and doing what we love most which is to play football. And yeah it was going to be very, very special for me, but I’m really looking forward to it. Advertisement ‘The ambition in this period, as I’ve said before, is to be a better team than we were before. In that moment we were on a really good run before we stopped for the coronavirus.‘I want to go day-by-day with this team and game after game be competitive in every game and go to any stadium and try to win. This has to be us. That’s the way I feel and the way I believe is the best way to approach every game.’MORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendlyMORE: Arsenal prioritise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang contract over new signingsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 11:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares The Spaniard admits it will take players a while to get up to speed (Pictures: Getty / Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta is eagerly awaiting Arsenal’s return to Premier League action against Manchester City though admits the players will struggle to replicate their usual intensity and rhythm.The Gunners have ramped up their training a week out from their first fixture, which is a testing away trip to the Etihad to take on Arteta’s old club – though their preparation was far from ideal, losing 3-2 against Brentford in a friendly on Wednesday.Nevertheless, Arteta is looking forward to taking on City and says he has a fully fit squad to choose from, though has warned that players will be rusty after so long without playing competitively.last_img read more